Rockers Bring Holiday Cheer To Inpatient Wounded Warriors At WRAMC


Part of Operation Ward 57 Holiday Cheer Program

Washington D.C. – On Friday, December 21, 2007, rock band CINDER ROAD will make a special stop on their tour to play an intimate acoustic set for wounded warriors and family members at the Ward 57/58 family room at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in Washington DC, “Home of “Warrior Care.” These Wards house mostly OEF/OIF amputee and traumatic brain injury patients. The special visit will take place from noon to 1:30 PM as part of Operation Ward 57’s Holiday Cheer program.

In Early 2007, Cinder Road signed to EMI/AudioNest Records and have toured steadily behind the band’s debut album, SUPERHUMAN. Frontman/vocalist/guitarist Mike Ruocco, guitarists Chris Shucosky and Pat Patrick, drummer Mac Calvaresi, and bassist, Nat Doegen have been extremely supportive of the troops playing high-profile shows for the Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE) network in Japan, Korea, Guam, as well as other remote areas such as Cuba, Greenland and the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. This will mark their first visit to Walter Reed just days before they embark on another AFE overseas tour.

Collaborating with other service providers and reaching out to the entertainment industry has been a primary goal for Operation Ward 57 founder, Deborah Semer who believes, “Veteran’s affairs are all of our affairs.” Over the next several weeks Operation Ward 57 will deliver gifts from funds raised and collected such as music CDs donated from over ten record labels, artists and distributors, handmade cards from a support group in Arizona and the signature Ward 57 T-shirts will be adapted to fit amputees by the organization, Sew Much Comfort. Crossing Healingworks, a group that provides massage and acupuncture for the staff of Walter Reed has joined in the holiday effort to also extend their services specifically to the Ward. Best selling author Andrew Carroll with Legacy Project has also pledged to participate with a book-signing and intimate writing workshop. A tremendous show of collaboration and support is being made by Impact a Hero. The organization is contributing $1,000 to Operation Ward 57’s holiday cheer effort.

There are plenty of ways for individuals and organizations to join in. Just last week, Dr. Ron and Diane Surowitz accidentally “bumped into” a patient of Dr. Ron’s while at the airport who let them know their son is now an amputee from an RPG that went through his humvee in Iraq. They went to visit him and while standing at the elevator “bumped into” Semer, on her way to Ward 57 also. Since that meeting the Surowitzs have sent cards and emails to all of their friends in Florida letting them know about this effort and are even looking for ways the hospital Dr. Surowitz works at can also help raise funds and awareness.

Show your support by purchasing a T-shirt or making a donation at The program is run through pro-football player (former Washington Redskin / Seattle Seahawk) Kerry Carter’s THINK BIG FOUNDATION, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit, Tax ID: 20-196-2446, in partnership with Atmosphere Artist Management LLC.

Charity Announced For The 2008 Take Action Tour

Hopeless/Sub City Records has chosen
non-profit organization Do Something as the official charity for their 2008
Take Action Tour. Sharing a common mission to help young people make a
positive difference in the world, Take Action and Do Something are set to
kick off the 7th annual tour in February of 2008.

Take Action is pleased to announce that From First To Last will be
supporting previously announced headliner Every Time I Die on the nationwide
tour. Every Time I Die recently released The Big Dirty through Ferret Music
in September of 2007 and From First To Last will release their next album
through Suretone Records in early 2008.

From First to Last’s guitarist Travis Richter:

“We are very excited to be a part of this year’s Take Action Tour and to
contribute to a great cause. We can’t wait to kick the tour off with our old
friends in Every Time I Die and make new friends with the other bands, as

Previously announced co-headlining band Escape The Fate will unfortunately
not be able to participate in this year’s tour due to some unforeseen
circumstances. Additional band announcements will be made soon about the
rest of the tour’s line-up.

Charity partner Do Something is a place where young people are given the
opportunity to help change the world. Instead of telling young people what
cause they should get involved with, Do Something asks them “What’s your
something?” and then gives them the information, resources, and grant-money
to make change around the causes they are passionate about.

“Music has always been a catalyst for change,” says Aria Finger, Director,
Business Development “Do Something couldn’t be more excited to join forces
with Hopeless/Sub City Records and make the Take Action! Tour the ultimate
intersection between music and activism.”

Putting their money where their mouth is, Do Something distributes weekly
$500 grants to young peoples with an idea about how to make a difference in
their community. In 2007 alone, the site issued over $240,000 to young
people who are making change in communities across the globe. Last year Do
Something reached over 10 million young people, age 25 and under, and helped
them take action.

In 1999 Hopeless Records formally started supporting non-profit
organizations through their Sub City imprint and Take Action initiatives.
Since then the label has released over 30 charitable titles and donated over
1 million dollars to various non-profit organizations, of which over
$450,000 was donated to longtime Take Action charity partner The Kristin
Brooks Hope Center. Take Action 2008 will benefit Do Something by donating
10% of all ticket sales and 5% of the suggested retail price for each Take
Action! Volume 7 compilation sold.

Hot Topic, the music lifestyle mall retailer (, is once again
the title sponsor of the tour. Hot Topic is a natural fit, as they
demonstrate a passion for music in everything they do. Since the inception
of Take Action in 1999, Hot Topic has been an enthusiastic supporter of the
Take Action cause, helping to educate millions of people to make a

Hopeless / Sub City Records Announces The2008 Take Action! Tour Presented By Hot Topic


Van Nuys, CA – November 12, 2007- Southern California based independent record label Hopeless/Sub City Records will once again organize the annual Take Action Tour, which focuses on raising funds and awareness for non-profit organizations.

The 7th incarnation of the tour will kick off in February, 2008 featuring Every Time I Die and Escape The Fate heading up what is sure to be the most intense Take Action Tour line-up in recent years.

In 1999 Hopeless Records founded Sub City with the mission to make a positive impact that goes beyond music. With over 30 charity releases and counting to go along with the annual Take Action Tour, Hopeless/Sub City Records has recently passed over one million dollars donated to charity.

Take Action was founded by Hopeless & Sub City Records with the mission to create a better world, one voice and one action at a time. Take Action strives to educate people about the positive difference that can be made by each of us in our community through activism and charitable work. To date over $450,000 has been raised through the efforts of Take Action.
Previous Take Action Tour artists include: Avenged Sevenfold, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Jimmy Eat World, Thrice, Chiodos, Silverstein, Poison The Well, Sugarcult, Matchbook Romance, The Early November and many more.

Ever Time I Die’s latest album The Big Dirty was released in September 2007 through Ferret Music and Escape the Fate’s latest album Dying is Your Latest Fashion was released in September 2006 through Epitaph Records.
Additional information including the full line up, charity information, and tour dates will be announced soon.

Please check for the most up to date information.

Dream Theater Charity Auction Series – Iron Mike Portnoy Robe Up For Bidding

Progressive metal trailblazers Dream Theater have
launched a charity auction series in conjunction with Camp Good Days and
Special Times. Camp Good Days and Special Times is a non-profit
organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children,
adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other
life threatening challenges. Camp Good Days facilitates residential
camping experiences at their recreational facility in Branchport, New
York and year-round support activities. All proceeds collected from
these auctions will be donated to the charity and will be used to
support the many programs and services offered. The band will
continually donate a variety of memorabilia to the charity until June
2008 and the items will be available for auction via eBay.

The next item to enter the auction is drummer Mike Portnoy’s “Iron Mike”
boxing robe. Portnoy has famously worn this black Everlast boxing robe
for his curtain call during the band’s last three world tours and can be
seen wearing it on Live at the Budokan, Score and In Constant

This item will be up for auction from October 16 through October 26,
2007 with a starting bid of $200. 100% of proceeds collected from this
auction will be donated to Camp Good Days. For bidding and more
information, please visit:

For more information on Camp Good Days and Special Times, please visit:

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